Professional Profile


  • Master’s in Urban Planning, New York University
  • Bachelor’s in Business, Pace University


  • Freelance writer
  • City of New York – Retired in 2008 after a career culminating as Assistant      Commissioner. Duties involved emergency operations, zoning/urban design and code enforcement.
  • Early Career – US Army/Photographer/Carpenter/Contractor

Writing Awards

  • The Storyteller Magazine People’s Choice Award for a Personal Essay – But I Don’t Remember, 2013
  • Writer Digest Honorable Mention for a Personal Essay – The Memorial Service, 2010

Career Awards

  • NYC Dept. of Buildings, Service Award for Work in Post-Katrina Mississippi, 2005
  • FEMA, Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to the Building Design and Homeland Security Course, 2005
  • Alliance for Downtown New York, Exceptional Service Award, 2004
  • NYC Dept. of Buildings, World Trade Center 9/11 Inspection Effort Award, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Independent Writers and Editors
  • United States Green Building Council – LEED Accredited Professional
  • American Institute of Certified Planners